Five men one step closer to priesthood

Julie Filby

Five men studying for the priesthood at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary will be ordained to the diaconate this month, the next step in their priestly formation.

Four of the men, in formation for the Archdiocese of Denver, will be ordained by Archbishop Samuel Aquila 10 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception: Servant of Christ Jesus Brother James Claver, Mason Donald Fraley, Salvador Sánchez Gasca and Matthew David Magee.

In addition, Andrew Kinstetter, who is in formation for the Diocese of Cheyenne, will be ordained at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne Feb. 6 by Bishop Paul Etienne.

The diaconate is one of three ranks of holy orders—deacons, priests and bishops—in the Church and dates back to the time of the Apostles. The Book of Acts relates that the order was established when the Apostles told the Christian community to select “seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom” to serve the community and free the Apostles to focus on “prayer and ministry of the word” (6:3, 4). Over time, the diaconate became a transitional step for men studying to be priests.

The word “diaconate” comes from the Greek word “diakonia,” which means “service.” Deacons may officiate at baptisms, weddings, wakes and funerals, and may preach and distribute Communion. They cannot consecrate the Eucharist, hear confessions or anoint the sick.

The Denver ordination liturgy will be available for live viewing online at http://archden.org/livestream.

COMING UP: Late St. Joseph deacon ‘reached out into the peripheries’ during ministry

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Deacon Maclovio (Max) Sanchez, 87, passed away peacefully in Olathe, Kansas on April 30. Deacon Sanchez was assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish in Denver throughout his diaconal ministry.

Maclovio Sanchez was born on May 21, 1931 in San Luis, Colorado, to Estevan and Emily Sanchez. He was baptized at Most Precious Blood Parish in San Luis, Colorado, on June 2, 1931 and grew up in Walsenberg, Colorado.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Wasenberg.

On April 24, 1954, he married Mary Frances Marquez at Holy Rosary Parish in Denver.  Over the 65 years of their marriage, the couple was blessed with three children: Martin, Debra and Joshua. They also had numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In Denver, Max worked for Midwest Liquor Company, delivering products to the area stores. But his love was directed towards the poor communities in the metro area.  Max was vice chairman of the Coalition for the Westside Betterment and President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank. He and his wife were also very involved in the parish at St. Joseph’s.

On March 22, 1975, Maclovio was ordained a deacon at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception by Archbishop James Casey. This was only the second class of men ordained in the archdiocese at the time. He was immediately assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish where he also conducted numerous Spanish Missions and served at the Westside Action Center. Retiring from ministry in 1993, he continued to serve at St. Joseph’s Parish as long as his health would allow.

“Deacon Max reached out into the peripheries and brought the lost back into the Church,” said Deacon Joseph Donohoe, Director of Deacon Personnel. “We have been blessed to have such a dedicated Cleric and Servant of the Church in Denver.”